If you haven’t heard of Rachel Dolezal, then you are one lucky duck. Dolezal made international headlines last week when it was revealed that she, a White woman, had spent the better part of a decade masquerading as a Black person and was even the chapter president of the Spokane, Washington branch of the NAACP. What really captured people’s attention, though, was her rationalization of why she did what she did and the fact that she claimed to “identify as Black.” Since Dolezal’s story came out soon soon after Caitlyn Jenner revealed her true self on the cover of Vanity Fair, …
The Internet erupted in cheers after the announcement that Disney is going to start production on a live-action version of Mulan. After the roaring success of Cinderella, Disney has a whole slate of films planned that will turn their beloved children’s cartoons into live-action versions, including Beauty and the Beast, Dumbo, and The Jungle Book. Mulan is Awesome Mulan is one of my favorite Disney films. Of course, that is largely because the film is set in China, but also because Mulan is one of the Disney heroines that kicks lots of ass in more ways than one. While the …
Mara Hvistendhal’s book Unnatural Selection – Choosing Boys over Girls, and the Consequences of a World Full of Men was quite eye opening for me. Several months ago, American-based websites and blogs that write about feminist and AAPI issues were livid over lawmakers trying to pass legislation against sex-selective abortions in America. Most decried the laws as racist, claiming there was no evidence that Asian-Americans participate in sex-selective abortions. However, that is untrue. According to the 2000 United States census, Asian-American female birthrates in the United States for second children are the exact same as in China, 117 boys for every 100 …
(It was after I started writing this that I realised just how long this post was, so I decided to break it up into two parts. Yesterday’s post focused on women in the show Penny Dreadful;  today’s post focuses on people of color, specifically Chinese characters, in the show.) People of Color To begin with, let’s watch the clip of the Chinese people in episode 1. That is it. They don’t get a line, they don’t utter a sound. Ives doesn’t even utter a freaking word in Chinese as a password to get in the door. The fact that the …
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